Hart missed all of last season with a knee injury, but that did not prevent the Mariners from signing him to a one-year deal worth $5 million. They based their interest on his productivity from 2007 to 2012, during which time he averaged 24 home runs and 78 RBI.
It has been reported that Santana has signed a one-year contract worth $14 million, though other sources have claimed the deal has not been completed. The Orioles were also interested in bringing him in for one season.
Santana was among the most notable bounce-back pitchers in the sport in 2013. He lowered his ERA from 5.16 to 3.24 and his home run total from 39 to 26. He has, however, yielded at least 21 home runs in every season since 2006.
He grew so impatient at the lack of a contract offer that he fired agent Bean Stringfellow this week. The two had been steadfast in his request for a four-year deal for $52 million before Santana settled for the one-year contract.
Mike Scioscia revealed Saturday that
Hamilton was among the biggest disappointments in the game last season after signing a lucrative free agent contract. He hit just 21 home runs - less than half his 2012 total - with 79 RBI.
Salazar, whose fastball peaked at 96 miles an hour in his short Friday stint, proved so impressive late in 2013 that he earned the start in the Wild Card loss to Tampa Bay. He fanned 65 in 52 innings last season and managed a 3.12 ERA.
An intercostal muscle injury has cost
Assistant general manager Thad Levine told the Dallas Morning News that the team is simply moving with precaution. He added that Rios would probably be playing through the injury if this was the regular season.
Donaldson could be in line for quite a payday if he continues to rake like he did in 2013, when he led Oakland starters with a .301 batting average, 93 RBI and .499 slugging percentage while slugging 26 home runs.
Gonzalez was pounded for four runs on four hits and two walks Friday against the Orioles. His second pitch was blasted for a triple by Nick Markakis and his next one was wild and allowed Markakis to score.
He has given up six hits and five earned runs in his 2 2/3 innings this spring. He has also walked six and struck out just one. Such numbers were not what the Phillies hoped for when they signed Gonzalez to a $12 million contract.
Gonzalez could be sent down to the minor league camp before the regular season begins to work on his delivery. "We're just going to be slow with him and adjust to what he does and help bring him along to get him ready for the baseball season," Ryne Sandberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ned Yost surprised nobody Saturday when he named
Yost scoffed when asked for his reasoning in making the decision. "Come on," he replied via the Kansas City Star.
Shields was easily the team's top starter in 2013, though run support was a problem. He finished 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA. He also struck out 196 in 228 2/3 innings.
The contract covers all three seasons in which Carpenter would be arbitration eligible and potentially three years of free agency.
The 28-year-old Carpenter blossomed in 2013, finishing fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting after leading the league in runs, doubles and hits. He was also among the premier clutch hitters in the game and has proven himself as an infielder and outfielder. His move to third base this season is expected to be permanent.
Carpenter left the team during the game Wednesday for a physical. That is standard practice before teams and players agree to a long-term deal.
Second baseman and free agent acquisition